Ultra Clean Holdings Inc. Stock Downgraded (UCTT)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Ultra Clean Holdings (Nasdaq: UCTT) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • UCTT's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.03 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.61, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • UCTT's share price has surged by 25.94% over the past year, reflecting the market's general trend, despite their weak earnings growth during the last quarter. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 43.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $6.96 million to $3.92 million.
  • The gross profit margin for ULTRA CLEAN HOLDINGS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 14.70%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 3.80% significantly trails the industry average.
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Ultra Clean Holding, Inc., through its subsidiaries, designs, develops, prototypes, engineers, manufactures, tests, and supplies critical subsystems primarily to the semiconductor capital equipment industry in North America, Europe, Asia, and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.6, equal to the average electronics industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Ultra Clean has a market cap of $127.2 million and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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